JBC starts interviews of SC aspirants

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2012 01:05 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2012 01:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) begins today the public interviews for candidates for Supreme Court Associate Justice vice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who assumed the Chief Justice post on Aug. 24.

Scheduled for interview beginning 1:30 this afternoon are Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Ramon M. Bato, Jr., former University of Perpetual Help System Law Dean Jose-Santos Bisquera, CA Associate Justice Rosemari Carandang, and andiganbayan Associate Justice Maria Cristina Cornejo.

On October 25, the JBC will interview former Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Adoracion Cruz-Avisado, Court of Appeals Associate Justices Magdangal De Leon, Isaias Dicdican, Jose Reyes, Jr., Noel  Tijam, former University of the Philippines Law Dean and government panel head in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Marvic Leonen, former Department of Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, and Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Jr..

The other three candidates, De La Salle University Law Dean Jose Manuel I. Diokno, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Teresita J. Herbosa, and former Ateneo Law Dean Cesar L. Villanueva, had already been interviewed in July 2012 when they were vying for the position of Chief Justice.

In its en banc session on Monday, the JBC decided to back track on its earlier decision to bar live media coverage of the public interviews, subject to the same guidelines handed down by the council during the recent Chief Justice interviews.

This will be the first time for Sereno as Chief Justice to preside over the public interviews.

As provided for in the 1987 Constitution, Pres. Aquino has to appoint the new SC magistrate on or before Nov 22, or within 90 days from the time Sereno vacated her Associate Justice post.